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Over 15,000 Romanians protest against amnesty bill

Bucharest - More than 15,000 Romanians, including President Klaus Iohannis, protested across Romania Sunday against controversial decrees that will pardon corrupt politicians and decriminalise other offences.

Romanian president blocks draft corruption law

Bucharest - Romania's president on Wednesday held up a series of controversial legal changes that would have protected corrupt politicians in the graft-tainted country from prosecution.

Romania gets new PM, ending political turmoil

Bucharest - Romania's president on Friday named social-democrat Sorin Grindeanu as the nation's new prime minister, bringing to a close weeks of uncertainty since the left won a parliamentary vote on December 11.

Romania president names new prime minister

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday named social-democrat Sorin Grindeanu as the nation's new prime minister, bringing to a close weeks of uncertainty since the left won a parliamentary vote on December 11.

Romania's first female, Muslim PM rejected

Bucharest - Romania's president sparked fresh political turmoil Tuesday after blocking a proposal by the leftist party that won elections this month to appoint the EU country's first female and first Muslim prime minister.

Resurgent Romanian left falls short of majority

Bucharest - Romania's Social Democrats have fallen short of a parliamentary majority despite a resounding weekend election win that saw them bounce back after being booted from power a year ago, final results showed Thursday.

Romania president insists won't appoint convicted PM

Bucharest - Romania's president reiterated his refusal Tuesday to appoint a prime minister with legal problems, in an apparent swipe at convicted Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea whose party scored a resounding election win on the weekend.

Uncertainty after Romanian left's election comeback

Bucharest - Romania faced fresh political uncertainty Monday as a thumping election comeback by the corruption-tainted left put them on collision course with the centre-right president.

Romanian left bounces back in election: exit polls

Bucharest - Romania's left came a clear first in parliamentary elections Sunday, exit polls showed, a year after a deadly nightclub fire forced them from office.

Romanian left stages comeback a year after deadly fire

Bucharest - Romania's left staged an emphatic comeback in elections Sunday, a year after anger over a deadly nightclub fire forced them from office.

A decade after entering EU, a two-track Romania

- A new school and cultural centre are tangible benefits of EU membership, according to Vladimir Paun, a Romanian mayor. But euroscepticism is also rising, against a background of inequality.

A decade after entering EU, a two-track Romania

- A new school and cultural centre are tangible benefits of EU membership, according to Vladimir Paun, a Romanian mayor. But euroscepticism is also rising, against a background of inequality.

A decade after entering EU, a two-track Romania

- A new school and cultural centre are tangible benefits of EU membership, according to Vladimir Paun, a Romanian mayor. But euroscepticism is also rising, against a background of inequality.

European court hears key online privacy case

Strasbourg - The question of whether employers have the right to monitor workers' online communications returned to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday ahead of a ruling that could have Europe-wide implications.

Romanian PM opens election campaign with call for change

Bucharest - Romania's technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Sunday opened campaigning season for next month's general election with a call for change within political parties."We need change at the heart of the political parties...

Romanian held by Qaeda affiliate demands release

Nouakchott - A Romanian mineworker kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda affiliate last year has appeared in a video urging his government to secure his release as soon as possible.

Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa - Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday.

Romanians demonstrate a year after nightclub blaze tragedy

Bucharest - Around 5,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Sunday, a year after a nightclub fire that killed 64 young people and triggered an unprecedented protest movement against the Romanian political class.

Romania's 'invisible' Roma battle for identity

- Denisa, Robert and Calin have never celebrated their birthdays: the three children, like thousands of other Romanians, don't have birth certificates, leaving them in an administrative black hole."It's very hard.

2,000 protest in Romania over minister's immunity

Bucharest - Around 2,000 people protested in Romanian capital Bucharest late Thursday over the Senate's refusal to lift the immunity from prosecution of a former interior minister for "involuntary homicide".

Romanian revolution cradle to be EU culture capital 2021

Bucharest - Timisoara, the cradle of Romania's 1989 revolution against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was named Friday by the EU as the European capital of culture for 2021.

Romanian ex-secret service agent held over anti-graft chief plot

Bucharest - A former Romanian secret service agent has been arrested for allegedly masterminding an operation to intimidate a key anti-corruption official, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Funeral held for 'last queen' of Romania

Bucharest - Bucharest declared a national day of mourning Saturday as a funeral was held for Anne of Romania, wife of the country's former king, who died this month aged 92."We are turning a page on history.

Ex-Ceausescu officials charged over death of Romanian dissident

Bucharest - Four former communist officials in Romania, including the head of the hated secret police and the then interior minister, will go on trial over the 1985 death of a dissident, prosecutors said Monday.

38 remanded as Romanian police free 'slaves'

Bucharest - Romanian authorities remanded 38 people in custody on Thursday suspected of holding dozens of vulnerable young men and boys like slaves, chaining them up and forcing them to fight, authorities said.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Jerusalem - Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died aged 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust center said.

Rights court mulls claims CIA secretly held suspects in E. Europe

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday opened hearings into the cases of two former Guantanamo Bay inmates, who claim to have been held by the CIA in secret prisons in Romania and Lithuania before being transferred to the notorious US prison ...

Bucharest gay pride rally draws crowds

Bucharest - Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for a gay pride march as participants demanded equal rights in a country where same sex marriage remains illegal.

NATO to boost Romania presence: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will send units to Romania, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, on top of battalions being deployed in the three Baltic states and Poland in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Movile Cave in Romania has an ecosystem unlike any other on Earth

Movile Cave can be found in a barren, featureless field in Constanța County, Romania, not too far from the Black Sea. The cave is closed to visitors because of its unique ecosystem, and because it is extremely hazardous to humans.
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Costinesti, in Romania, known as a sea resort city
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
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House in Rosia Montana village in Romania
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A woodlouse lives in the poisonous atmosphere of Movile Cave.
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A piece of the bacteria mat, magnified at 20X zoom and 4X speed.
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File photo: Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, at Iasi, Romania
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In this scene from Rich Boden s video  the lake is seen at the lower right. It is not level with whe...
In this scene from Rich Boden's video, the lake is seen at the lower right. It is not level with where he is standing, but to get into it, you have to jump in the water.
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Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair  Cucuteni 5000  at Iasi  Romania.  July 2011.
Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, at Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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A Romanian soccer fan attacks a player on the pitch
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Traian Basescu  president of Romania since 2004
Traian Basescu, president of Romania since 2004
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Rich Boden goes down the 20 meter shaft into the cave.
Rich Boden goes down the 20 meter shaft into the cave.
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Iasi  Romania City Hall  formerly the Roznoveanu Palace.
Iasi, Romania City Hall, formerly the Roznoveanu Palace.
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Traian Basescu  President of Romania since 2004.
Traian Basescu, President of Romania since 2004.
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A main street in the City of Brasov, Romania.
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Ceramic plates at National Ceramics Fair  Cucuteni 5000  in Iasi  Romania.  July 2011.
Ceramic plates at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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